I Have an Olive Tree by Eve Bunting

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The day I was seven, my grandfather gave me and olive tree...At first, Sophia thinks the tree is an odd gift, but when Grandfather dies and her mother travel to Greece to see the tree, she discovers that what he discovers that what he has given her is far greater than she'd ever imagined.

A testimony to the wondrous ties of family and heritage, this glorious picture book brings together the beautiful writing of acclaimed author Eve Bunting and the exuberant paintings of artist Karen Barbour.

 

About Eve Bunting

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Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.
 
Published April 7, 1999 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Sophia and her mother make the journey from California to Greece, and then to the island, and Sophia describes what she sees and hears, e.g., her mother, reading aloud the names of the Greek shops “as if she liked the sound of them in her mouth”;

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In this visually arresting picture book, Sophia receives an olive tree from her grandfather on her seventh birthday, one that still grows on his native Greek isle. Months later, her dying grandfat

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Bunting (Smoky Night) spins a quietly nostalgic tale that transports readers to the exotic setting with images of whitewashed houses ""sleeping in the sun"" and a sponge seller's wares ""stacked around him like great lumps of honeycomb."" In a visual homage to Greek culture, Barbour (Street Music...

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